In researching ‘Writers in the Hamptons’ for these blogs, I was fortunate to stumble upon this Vanity Fair article: The Lions in Summer (August 2013). I owe a great debt to the author Michael Shnayerson and hope you take the time to read his brilliant... Continue Reading
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This week I have started filling in the details on the Vineyards of the North Fork starting on Sound Avenue from West to East with Baiting Hollow, Roanoke and Palmer Vineyards. It will take some time to visit all 34 wineries (and I may discover some more in my travels) but keep checking back for more. And remember, many of the wineries feature live music in their tasting rooms or outdoors, depending on the season. Some of them offer food, as well – from cheese plates to pizza to really great food trucks. Or you can bring your own picnic… And the kids… Some of the wineries even welcome dogs!
May we arrange a car and driver for your adventure, so you can really enjoy your tastings? It would be our pleasure…... Continue Reading
Here is some of the copious contemporary fiction written in, around, and about the Hamptons. Some of these books are riveting, some sublime, and some downright trashy. But who doesn’t like the guilty pleasure of reading trash sometimes? Especially on vacation at the Beach!... Continue Reading
There is a question often asked, especially among Chefs, “If this were your last dinner party, who would be on your guest list?” The ensuing answer results in a litany of the famous and infamous alike.... Continue Reading
One of my main criteria when deciding if I will ever return to a vacation destination is the presence of a great bookstore. After all, you need a place to learn about the local history, food, art, and culture of the area, as well as grab a couple of trashy local gossip books to take to the beach with you.
Maybe you want to find the perfect book for a snuggle-down with lots of pillows, wrapped in your duvet, in front of the fireplace in your vacation suite. A glass of local wine, a cup of Chef Carolyn’s seasonal hot cider, or a cup of THCO drinking chocolate, completes my concept of heaven!... Continue Reading
Thanksgiving travel happens for many reasons – visiting family (or escaping from family); a break before the holiday to get away and relax; a chance to enjoy the experience of shopping in a real farm village … Meats, fish, vegetables, cheese, breads, pastries, wine – all taste better on the East End.... Continue Reading
Join Gary as he continues exploring the North Fork Wine Country with a bit of history, and a trip sideways.... Continue Reading
I’ve added to our Hamptons Reading List with some remarkable books of photographs by some of our very talented neighbors . . . each so different! It made me think about how lucky I am to have learned photography at an early age, and to have such a beautiful setting, the Hamptons, in which to practice my art.... Continue Reading
Gary has taken on the challenge of collating a list of the North Fork Wineries – they say there are at least 60 by now, but so far he only found 34. He promises to keep looking (and drinking) and sharing his adventures with you.... Continue Reading
The terroir that benefits our unique wine region has also given birth to a wide variety of other beverages. Maybe the beginnings of today’s craft cocktails originated with the area’s bootleggers, smugglers, and the up-island speakeasies they supplied?... Continue Reading